Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock's Split, Children and Demands
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s relationship started out as a fairytale; they had their dream wedding and they have beautiful children together. However, this did not end well when the couple faced trouble in paradise. Find out more about the truth behind their split, their children, and Brandon’s demands by reading this article!
WHO IS KELLY CLARKSON?
There is probably nobody in the world right now who does not know who Kelly Clarkson is. She is one of the most popular musicians in our current age, and her voice really is timeless. Kelly has gone on to produce record-breaking hits like Breakaway, Since U Been Gone, and Because of You.
Her music is so well received in the United States and around the world. Kelly currently has earned two Grammy Awards and her albums have sold more than 12M copies worldwide. Today, she is still making music whilst caring for her young children; in this, we say that she might just be a true super mom!
KELLY CLARKSON’S RISE TO FAME
Just like every superstar, Kelly Clarkson has come from humble beginnings. Before she was the record-breaking singer that we all know, she simply was a dreamer just like many of us. It all started in May 2002, when her friends lured her into auditioning for American Idol: The Search for a Superstar.
Kelly knew that she had a voice, but it was her friends that believed and pushed her into taking her musical journey to greater heights. As we all know, she did become the very first winner of American Idol, thus making history. From then on, she had gone on to achieve wider success in the musical industry.
WHO IS BRANDON BLACKSTOCK?
The identity of Kelly Clarkson’s ex-husband has been clouded with mystery. Yes, Brandon Blackstock has come from a really popular family and he even works in the music industry himself! However, who really is Brandon and how come we have heard so little about him?
For starters, he is native to Texas and he is the son of Narvel Blackstock and Elisa Gayle Ritter. Brandon is one of the most sought-after music managers in the industry and some of his clients include Blake Shelton, the Rascal Flatts, and Kelly Clarkson herself. Plus, his stepmother is none other than Reba McEntire!
HOW DID KELLY AND BRANDON MEET?
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s relationship was no ‘love at first sight’. They actually met at the American Country Music Awards in 2006, but there was nothing more to it then. It was not until 6 years later that they reconnected and really felt that there was something of a spark happening between them.
By 2012, Kelly and Brandon were reintroduced by their mutual friend, Blake Shelton. For the couple, their chemistry was so much better the second time around. Kelly even said in an interview, “We were just in a room together, and then he came up and said he was from the same hometown as me and I was like, ‘Oh, we’re so getting married.’”
KELLY AND BRANDON’S DREAM WEDDING
During their second meeting, Kelly and Brandon had managed to create such a beautiful relationship for both of them. There were sparks flying all over and their friends have gone on to say that they had never seen both of them happier. So just 10 months into their relationship, Brandon proposed to Kelly!
It was in October 2013 that Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock tied the knot in Tennessee. Their wedding was such a celebrated event and it was attended by some of their most intimate family and friends. The couple was so happy and there were no hints that this marriage would one day go sour...
KELLY AND BRANDON’S BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN
Just a few months after the couple got married, Kelly Clarkson announced that she was expecting their very first child together. Then by June 2014, the couple welcomed their first daughter, River Rose. Kelly shared a photo of their daughter and said that she was, “The greatest thing on the planet.”
The couple’s second child came a few years after River Rose. It might be due to Kelly and Brandon’s busy schedules; but by April 2016, they welcomed their son, Remington. As per usual, Kelly shared a photo of their son and she wrote, “Meet Remy, our newest addition to the family!”
A FAIRYTALE RELATIONSHIP
It would seem that all was going well in the lives of Kelly, Brandon, and their beautiful children. The couple even hinted that they were very intimate. Kelly added, “It’s not weird, it’s natural.” We do love a woman who stands by her man, and we did love Kelly all the more for it!
The couple looked like the perfect couple in Hollywood, and many people admired their connection. So what seemed to have been the problem with their relationship? And how did things then go south out of the blue?
THERE SEEMS TO BE A BIT OF TROUBLE IN PARADISE…
Just earlier this year, Kelly apparently listed her house in Los Angeles for sale. Her asking price was nearly $10M ... was she hinting that there was trouble in paradise? Where was Brandon whilst she was handling all their familial and financial matters?
KELLY WANTS SEPERATION
Just a few short months after Kelly listed her house for sale, she had gone on to file for an official split. The reason that she stated was the classic, “irreconcilable differences”. Although she had shown some compassion since she did ask for joint custody of their children; but she also asked that they should“terminate the ability to award spousal support”.
Whilst the split was materializing, Kelly officially changed her last name back to Clarkson. The couple even attempted to work things out by trying to quarantine together in their home in Montana, but we all know that this did not end quite well. It seemed like such a sad ending to a perfectly great relationship...
THE EX-COUPLE’S CHILDREN
Even though the couple had asked for joint custody of their two children, Kelly Clarkson still got the primary custody. The couple’s relationship then went on to be a bit more tangled. The final order read, "the interest in providing stability and continuity for the minor children weighs in favor of [Kelly.]"
BRANDON’S SHOCKING DEMANDS
Even though Kelly got her children, she was still being bombarded by a bit of bad news. Apparently, Brandon Blackstock had filed a request for Kelly to pay him nearly half a million dollars each month for child and spousal support. Well, that seems like such a large amount of money for raising two children.
The price breakdown goes like this: $135K in child support and $301K in spousal support. Not only that, but Brandon also asked Kelly for another $2M to pay for all of his fees. That was quite rich coming from him. Why did he need that much money? We can only guess it is because she is Kelly Clarkson after all.
THEIR LIVES AFTER THEIR SPLIT
Just after the proceedings, Kelly had been spotted around Los Angeles without her wedding ring. She has focused her energy on working harder, making music and taking good care of her children. According to a close friend, “She seems to be doing okay.”
Although their relationship has forever been strained, Kelly and Brandon still remain pretty civilized towards one another. We feel like this is something that they do. Plus, during the time that Kelly won her Daytime Emmy Award, she tweeted, “Thank you so much to @BBlackstock for believing in me & convincing me to do @KellyClarksonTV show.”
WHAT IS KELLY CLARKSON UP TO NOW?
Nowadays, Kelly is still one of the judges for The Voice and she still hosts her own talk show called The Kelly Clarkson Show. She also spends a lot of time with her children in Los Angeles since she did get primary custody of them. This superstar is one of the best mothers that we have seen in Hollywood, and this is something that Kelly should be proud of.
As per usual, the question on everybody’s lips is: when will Kelly dive back into the dating scene? There have been rumors that she is flirting with Brett Eldredge, but nothing is really confirmed at this point in time. We feel like she should simply enjoy singlehood and motherhood; plus in Kelly Clarkson’s own words, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”
Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock’s relationship is a testament that even the most seemingly perfect relationships can meet a bittersweet end. What do you think of their relationship and how do you feel about Brandon’s demands? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and share this article with your family and friends!